The Casitas Fire near Highway 33 north of Ventura erupted Thursday (April 28) afternoon prompting the evacuation of a Teen Challenge center of N. Ventura Avenue. The second alarm fire was fanned by gusty west winds initially and forced VCFD into structure protection mode around the teen center. Fortunately, the quick work of both air and ground resources kept the flames from affecting the facility. As the afternoon wore on, a wind change forced the spread of the flames into vacant open space and toward the ridgetop of the burning west-facing slope. By the evening, the winds died and humidity rose, allowing the team of firefighters to stop the forward spread at 50 acres. VCFD reported that the fire was monitored overnight and is 50% contained as of this morning (4/29).
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